In consecutive losses to the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Smith has combined for only four receptions for 54 yards while being targeted a total of 11 times. The lack of timing between him and Flacco has become glaring.
During a 31-28 overtime loss to the Redskins, the former Maryland standout was limited to one reception for 21 yards while being targeted three times. Just three weeks ago, Smith caught a career-high seven passes for 144 yards three weeks ago during an overtime win over the San Diego Chargers, and he set up the game-winning field goal with a 31-yard reception.
"I just think its our execution, nothing has changed," said Smith, who has caught 43 passes for 753 yards and seven touchdowns this season. "We're getting open. We just have to finish the plays and get it back on track. It's not like a panic mode or anything.
"It's just a couple games off. We keep working. More often than not, we hit. We've just been off the past two weeks. We'll get it back."
"It's pretty cool. I remember watching him way back," Smith said. "I'm looking forward to playing against him. He's physical, he presses all the time, which defeinitely represents a different kind of challenge. We're looking forward to the challenge, whoever's standing over there."